Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: November 6th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Europe, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Monsters, Paranormal, People & Places, Young Adult
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world. Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
The best part is, if you think you know something-can predict something-you are oh so wrong. I think the author actually takes into account what you might predict and then writes the exact opposite, and I LOVE that.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.”
The novel starts out pretty much where DAUGHTER left off, or at least we find out what happened immediately after Akiva confessed to Karou after they broke the wishbone. All our favorite characters are in this, even if they just make appearances though flashbacks or memories, we find out much more about characters that were a little mysterious and distant in the first novel. Many new characters are also introduced, and I loved every single one of them.
The POV switches around a lot, usually right after things get crazy, which only makes you more engrossed in the novel, trying to guess what happened. This would usually bother me but it is done perfectly and effortlessly. It’s like having four or five stories in one, only to have them intermingle with each other and connect in ways you could have never seen coming.
If you thought the first book was action packed, you will be incredibly impressed with this one. There really are days of blood and starlight, mostly days of blood. It’s crazy, like a war is happening in head-only with fictional angels. I usually don’t like reading scenes like this, but I found these parts were almost the best part of the book.
“I am one of billions. I am stardust gathered fleetingly into form. I will be ungathered. The stardust will go on to be other things someday and I will be free.”
Laini Taylor’s fingers must be infused with unicorn blood and tears because everything she writes is pure magic. Few books really deserve five stars, books that near perfect, books that leave you breathless. The DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series is better than five stars, it should have its own rating scale.